Introduction to Politics Birkbeck, University of London


Awarded by: University of London

This flexible, one-year course has been specifically designed for people who want to study politics at university level, but who don't have any qualifications or are returning to study after a break from formal education. The programme provides an introduction to studying politics at university and will help you develop the learning approaches and study skills you need to progress to an undergraduate degree in politics, including Birkbeck's BA Politics. All of the teaching is in the evenings, meaning you can study, work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. You can return to study in a mature, supportive environment, develop the skills and confidence you need to succeed, and graduate with a renowned University of London qualification.

  • Qualification

    Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    October 2019

  • Duration

    1 year

Course details


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

You usually complete three or four pieces of assessed work for each module, which will total around 5000 words. You also complete a timed in-class assessment in at least one module on the programme.

Tasks include critical analysis of specific sources, essays, reports, case studies, oral presentations, reflective commentaries, written tasks and learning reviews.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L200
Institution code B24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

We welcome applications from applicants without traditional entry qualifications. We assess by interview and application your suitability for degree level study, taking into account the knowledge and skills that you have gained since leaving formal education.

This programme has no specific formal entry requirements. It is not suitable if you already have an undergraduate degree.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,175 * Year 1
EU £6,175 * Year 1
International £6,175 * Year 1
England £6,175 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,175 * Year 1
Scotland £6,175 * Year 1
Wales £6,175 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. Those for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed.